Registered Nurse, Department of Critical Care Medicine, Auckland City Hospital
Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing)
She has always known that she wants to be a nurse, says Jade Parker who completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) in 2020.
“I’m passionate about helping people when they’re at their most vulnerable and unwell, and my happiness comes from making a difference to people's lives and wellbeing. I’ve always been passionate about health, the human body and how it works. I enjoy meeting new people from all walks of life and love getting to know them throughout our time together.”
Since completing her studies, Jade is now working as a registered nurse in Auckland City Hospital’s Department of Critical Care Medicine; a role she considers her dream job.
“The things I love most about my job are the high acuity patients we look after and the intensive ‘life vs death’ treatments we can provide. I also love the one-to-one care we provide for our patients and working closely with family to provide care for our patients.”
Creating great graduates
Jade enjoyed all the encouragement she received throughout her studies at AUT.
“Every single lecturer and clinical educator made me feel motivated and confident in myself, and my progression through my degree. I also loved how ready I felt to enter the workforce once I graduated from AUT. AUT’s nursing programme is closely aligned with the New Zealand Nursing Council competencies and expectations for registered nurses. This degree is very hands-on and teaches you the skills you need to complete clinical placements and eventually work as a nurse.”
She would highly recommend the Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) to other students.
“If you want a nursing degree at a university that will provide you with support, comprehensive theory and practice skills, then AUT is 100% the place to be. In my courses, I’ve seen the evidence that AUT’s nursing staff make significant efforts to align this degree with the expectations for working as a registered nurse in New Zealand.”
Advice for other students
Jade has some great advice for other students.
“Take every opportunity to learn that AUT provides you, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Never give up on yourself or your dreams.”
There’s help available if you need it, she adds.
“I never once felt like a burden for asking for help and guidance in my classes. AUT staff genuinely want us to do our best and are always happy to provide whatever help we may need.”